What! You Are So Reading! v. 2021

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    DC United
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    Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Not to the levels of The Brothers Karamazov. Anti-nihilist novel.
     
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  2. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
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    DC United
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    Cal continues to dive into the deep end of fixing how we approach career, education, and leisure. In this one, he spends 3 chapters detailing what email has done to the typical workflow in many knowledge work fields, then 4 chapters offering up basic principles to offset a lot of the nonsense. I've already bought copies of this for our dean, associate dean, IT manager, and section manager.

    The Attention Capital Principle:

    The productivity of the knowledge sector can be significantly increased if we identify workflows that better optimize the human brain's ability to sustainably add value to information.

    The Process Principle:

    Introducing smart production processes to knowledge work can dramatically increase performance and make the work much less draining.

    The Protocol Principle:

    Designing rules that optimize when and how coordination occurs in the workplace is a pain in the short term but can result in significantly more productive operation in the long term.

    The Specialization Principle:

    In the knowledge sector, working on fewer things, but doing each thing with more quality and accountability, can be the foundation for significantly more productivity.
     
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  3. Quango

    Quango BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 25, 2003
    Colorado
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    Colorado Rapids
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    Terminal Boredom: Stories ~ Izumi Suzuki

    A really great collection of dark, sci-fi short stories published for the first time in English 35 years after the author's death. Despite being written in the '80s, these don't feel at all dated.
     
  4. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    About 400 pages in

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    My grandmother in law was born and raised on Lanai (her parents were born in the Phillippines), sadly she passed a few years ago and my father in law is planning on taking us all to Hawaii once travel is ok. If you looked at my wife and I told you she was a quarter Filipino you'd call me a liar.
     
  5. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
    Awesome, I've been to Lanai dozens of times (mostly by boat). I lived on Molokai for almost 6 years and that little trip across the channel was one of my favorites. And yes, the Filipino culture is strong on the outer islands.
     
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  6. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I really hope we get to go! While it is never good when someone passes, she was not the nicest person. Pretty much torched her relationships with her 5 children, but my FIL stepped up and took care of her when his Dad passed in the 90s. I never really got a chance to chat with her about much, she had already started a slow descent into Alzheimer's when I met her. She kinda torched her relationships with all of her grandchildren except two (she was big into doting on her "favorites" and screwing everyone else). I would've loved to just chat with her about her life. My wife's Aunt shares a story every Dec 7th about her Mom in school as a child the day after Pearl Harbor and how the Japanese/Asian descent kids huddled on one side and the Mainlanders huddled on the other side until one of the Mainlanders went to the other side because her best friend was over there and all was normal.
     
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  7. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

    DC United
    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
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    Alan Le May -- The Searchers

    Second for me of the four in this LOA collection.
     
  8. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    DC United
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    United States
    Read A Man In Full by Tom Wolfe. Bonfire of the Vanities was better. Just started reading The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. One of his early novels.
     
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  9. TheJoeGreene

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    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
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    DC United
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    The partner book to the earlier one I listed, this walks through 4-8 week weight loss before entering full training cycles for cycling, running, and triathlon. Easy calculations for estimated target weight, current body fat %, and target caloric deficit to get the ball rolling. It's a really simple system with no real food restrictions. I'll be doing this in June/July before getting back to the half marathon distance this fall.
     
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  10. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

    Feb 12, 2005
    Woodstock, NY
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  11. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
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    This book was compared to "Gone Girl". I saw the "Gone Girl" movie, but I did not want to read the book after I already know the ending. So I read this book. I enjoyed most of the book, while reading it but I looked back at the story, some of the characters don't make sense.
     
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  12. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
    Itchycoo Park
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    Lisburn Distillery FC
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    The Human Comedy - William Saroyan

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    Just okay :unsure:
     
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  13. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, which is a pretty good description as well,as a title, by English military historian John Keegan, who revolutionized the discipline by focusing on the actual soldiers as human beings in extreme circumstances rather than as pawns of generals.
     
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  14. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    A friend of mine performed in coffeehouses under the name Genghis Cohen thanks to that book.
     
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  15. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Read The Green House by Mario Vargas Llosa. Not to the levels of his later work.
     
  16. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech Valley, a book which is pretty difficult to read on any number of levels, but especially after reading Keegan on the Normandy invasion.... I mean, A LOT went wrong on June 6th, 1944, and afterwards, but at least there was an objective and it was achieved... but this shit in Afghanistan as chronicled by Wesley Morgan . . . it's been going on for almost 20 years, and the consequences thereof will be with us into the foreseeable future. And this book covers just one region with a couple of outposts. . . so it's only a partial view (though seriously in-depth) of what can only be described as a cluster******** of epic proportions.
     
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  17. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Comparing race relations in the US to the Indian caste system.
     
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